WILX 10 | Steve Doty
Joan Smith is an East Lansing resident and is in desperate need of a liver transplant.
"I was diagnosed in July of 2009 with end-stage liver failure," Smith said.
Smith is one of about 3,000 people in the state waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. She's been on the list for two and-a-half years and there's no end in sight.
"I will just maintain on the list," Smith said. When asked if anyone had given her a timetable, she said no.
Smith says she dreams of the day she'll get a transplant and be able to eat foods like she use to and thanks to a new surge in donor registration, her dream could be closer to coming true.
"Last year 400,000 people joined the donor registry and that's by far the best we've ever seen," said Gift of Life's Communications Director, Tim Makinen.
The 400,000 people who signed up is a new record in the state, beating out the 2010 registration numbers by 80,000. Those at Gift of Life say there's one big reason for the increase.